Courses & Units

Pharmacy Skills in Practice 1 CSA103

Launceston, Hobart


Please be advised that this unit is not available to students in the Bachelor of Health and Community Care or Associate Degree in Health and Community Care.


This unit involves a range of on-line and campus-based learning activities that introduce students to key concepts of health and healthcare, the pharmacy profession, roles of a pharmacist, quality use of medicines, government funding, regulatory bodies, the pharmaceutical industry and approval and supply of drugs, with an emphasis on the Australian Health Care system. There will be a focus on communication, and the use of some common non-prescription medications. Students will visit a community and a hospital pharmacy, and will learn about mental health, Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health status and culture.


Unit name Pharmacy Skills in Practice 1
Unit code CSA103
Credit points 25
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Mrs Karen Watkins
Available as student elective? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Spring school (November) On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Spring school (November) On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Spring school (November) 14/11/2022 2/12/2022 29/12/2022 12/2/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use basic knowledge of pathophysiology, epidemiology, and pharmacotherapeutics to formulate appropriate courses of action for managing minor illnesses commonly encountered in community pharmacies.
  • Communicate to consumers and healthcare professionals the following: health, health system and medicines information, and self-care management advice related to minor illnesses.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness, especially for aboriginal and torres strait islander (atsi) populations, and explain how atsi status may correlate with particular health outcomes.
  • Search, evaluate, and appropriately reference basic drug information and pharmacy-related literature.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060501 $2,005.00 $2,005.00 not applicable

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Teaching Pattern

For Semester 1 delivery, there will be a combination of online and on campus activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops and pharmacy visits over 13 weeks.

For Semester 3 (Spring School) delivery, the first 7 weeks consist of online learning via online modules, online recorded tutorials and lectures, guided reading, quizzes and discussion forums. There will be a holiday break followed by a one-week intensive teaching period, in the first half of January. The intensive teaching period will be on campus for Tasmanian-residing students who will attend tutorials, assessments and pharmacy visits in Launceston or Hobart. The teaching intensive period for students not residing in Tasmania will comprise of online tutorials, online assessments and local pharmacy visits.

AssessmentOnline Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) quizzes (20%)|One oral assessment (20%)|End of unit test (online/open-book) (40%)|Workbook|Written assignment 1 (10%)|Written assignment 2 – Counselling Skills (10%)
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